(på svenska efter bilderna) Just before Christmas the news here in Sweden reported how children from the age of 6-7 were no longer interested in toys and were wanting other things... It made me reflect on how my own children suddenly stopped playing with toys shortly after starting school due to the peers they mixed with... it was like cold turkey. One day dolls, lego etc the next they were put in boxes as if they were ashamed of them... Their new friends at school were into
This post was first written while I was in Jenin, Palestine, holding play workshops. What I did not realise then when I wrote it was that it would inspire a whole series of posts labelled "The story of.." based on the fact that when we tell our stories we need to be aware that they are our own perspective... and to be a part of a sustainable world where social sustainability is an important part of that, we need to consider the other stories... that we see the same event in d
The more I read and learn about neuro-diversity the more overwhelming it starts to feel.
There are articles about it, and reactions to the articles... but what I feel the most is that there is an "us and them" approach of which I feel absolutely no connection to whatsoever... I simply don't get it... and that can be part of my neuro-diversity in the sense that all these "us and them" definitions have been strange for me to truly comprehend... class, gender, race etc etc bec
Today I will look at taking photos... I remember back in the nineties when I started working in preschools how we used cameras to document what we were doing and what the children were learning. I can openly admit that back in those days there was a lot more focus on what we were doing, a kind of record of our activities to show the parents ...
I feel like I have come a long way in the last 25 years. I now use photography in many different ways... and I am so incredibly gra
Today in Sweden we celebrate 100 years of the right for the general public to vote - prior to that only 19% of the (wealthy) population had the right to vote. Of course this did not mean women... that decision was made 6 months later that they too had the right to vote. Sadly in Sweden this voting business has not gone so well for us this year... as we had elections in September and we are still without a government, because none of the political parties received enough votes
Sustainability is a part of the Swedish preschool curriculum... it is also an important part of our shared future on this planet of ours... images of Wall:e sometimes come into being as I think about sustainability and we consume... I include the trailer for those who have never watched the film abut how mankind left earth because it was overrun by rubbish and left it to the robots to clean it up... So in our quest to create a sustainable preschool and teach sustainability to
The Relevance of Loris Malaguzzi in Early Childhood Education Introduction Loris Malaguzzi (1921-1994) is an educator from Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy. I will present a brief history of Malaguzzi and the beginnings of Reggio Emilia followed by some of the key concepts of his pedagogical philosophy. Then I will conclude with a discussion of how Malaguzzi has influenced the Swedish curriculum and the relevance of his work to current early childhood education. I find that ex